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BitPaymer ransomware attackers exploit Apple flaw to bypass detection

Apple has patched a vulnerability in iCloud for Windows and iTunes for Windows that malicious actors had been exploiting to evade antivirus and endpoint detection and response systems as they attempted to infect machines with ransomware. Specifically, the zero-day flaw was discovered in Bonjour – a mechanism for delivering future updates and also for helping…
Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple update takes a bite of iCloud, iTunes and macOS bugs

Apple yesterday released a series of software updates that repaired vulnerabilities in iCloud for Windows 7.14 and 10.7, iTunes 12.10.1 for Windows and macOS Catalina 10.15. The two iCloud updates fixed eight flaws in total, including an arbitrary code execution flaw in UI Foundation and five more in the WebKit browser engine, as well as two universal cross-site…
Mobile Security, Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple updates software, fixes flaw affecting third-party keyboard apps

Apple last week released a series of software updates that repaired vulnerabilities in iOS, iPadOS, macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, watchOS, tvOS, Apple TV Software and Safari. This included a fix for an iOS/iPadOS flaw that, due to improper sandbox restrictions, can grant third-party keyboard extensions full access to iPhone, iPad and iPod…
Miscreants infected a poker player's laptop malware that monitored his every online gambling move.
Mobile Security, Security News

Illegal gambling apps snuck into Apple and Google stores

Google and Apple recently removed hundreds of apps from their respective app stores after being informed they were actually fronts for gambling operations. While it’s not unusual to find malicious apps, this operation was different in that many of the apps passed through Google and Apple’s vetting process, Trend Micro reported. This was accomplished by…
Mobile Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple iOS 13.1 will fix location privacy bug, lockscreen bypass exploit

A location privacy bug in iOS 13 that apparently doesn’t honor users’ privacy settings in some apps should be fixed in the Tuesday launch of iOS 13.1. Via video, a Fast Company report showed how iOS 13 changes the privacy setting in Facebook to “Ask Next Time” regardless of how many times “Never” was selected.…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple issues supplemental security updates

Apple has released updates for four of its operating systems including iOS and tvOS. The patch for iOS 12.4.1 iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation and fixes a vulnerability, CVE-2019-8605, where a malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with system privileges. The update for macOS…
Mobile Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple to expand bug bounty program, offer researchers access to iOS, iPhones

Apple is drastically overhauling its bug bounty program, eliminating its invitation-only status, increasing its rewards, expanding it to include MacOS and other operating systems, and even agreeing to supply qualified researchers with special iPhones that are easier to probe for vulnerabilities. Apple’s head of security engineering Ivan Krstic announced these changes last week at the…
Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Apple halts contractors listening to Siri recordings, will offer opt-out

Apple will temporarily suspend its practice of allowing human contractors to grade snippets recordings of Siri conversations for accuracy. The move follows a Guardian report in which a former worker claimed contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex” as part of their job.  While Apple says user requests…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple patches bugs in four operating systems, Safari browser

A series of new Apple software releases yesterday fixed multiple security issues in macOS Mojave, iOS, Safari, tvOS and watchOS. Altogether, the company addressed 44 flaws in macOS Mojave, 37 in iOS, 24 in Safari, 32 in tvOS and 23 in watchOS. Some of the vulnerabilities overlapped between these products. Patched components or features include:…
Application Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Over and out: Apple temporarily disables Walkie Talkie app after bug discovery

And that’s a big “10-7” (radio lingo for “out of service”) for the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app after the company reportedly disabled the feature following the discovery of a security vulnerability that could allow eavesdropping on iPhones. According to TechCrunch, Apple learned of the problem through a disclosure on its “report a vulnerability” portal.…
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